Long, hot summer nights are perfect for attending a local cruise-in. It’s one of the best ways to get involved with a hobby like collecting classic cars. If you’re interested in collecting, getting to know the car enthusiast community is where it’s at. You’ll learn about the ins and outs of owning a particular year, make and model of car from owners who are more than happy to share details about their cars and their restorations.
What is a Cruise-In?
A cruise-in is an informal gathering of enthusiasts -and their cars- usually on a weeknight or a single weekend day. Organized by a sponsor or car club, folks meet at a predetermined spot to drive their classics and muscle cars on a street route through town, or simply to display them in a field, parking lot or street spaces. Free to attend for both spectators and participants, cruise-ins are likely themed to an era of car and create a festive social gathering for the entire community.
Whether along Main Street USA or just outside a favorite neighborhood restaurant, car enthusiasts take to the streets mostly in the summer to show off their rides. Think back to the scene from the movie American Graffiti – all of those wonderful ‘50’s hotrods “cruising” slowly up and down the main strip in Modesto, CA – those days come back to life at a cruise-in.
At a cruise-in, families stroll local streets admiring the autos and talking car talk with owners or other car enthusiasts. Sometimes called “show and shines” because that’s all someone has to do to enter their car in a cruise-in, the whole purpose of the event is to show off a favorite hotrod.
Sometimes, awards are given in different classes or categories. Judging at cruise-ins can be people’s choice or done by established judges like members of the sponsoring club.
For big, classic car-sized man caves, our custom signs are perfect for marking his (of her) territory! Personalize with name, date or special message, whether it’s a garage, attic, basement, or any other room that’s made specially for them.